When I need to travel from the southern part of NJ to northern NJ, I often rely on my car or phone GPS and the relative ease and simplicity of the NJ Turnpike. If I needed my southern NJ physician to share information with my northern NJ physician, I might be surprised to learn that… Continue Reading
Medicare beneficiaries whose healthcare providers participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) may want to add the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website, “Medicare & You”, to their lists of favorite internet links if they don’t want their Medicare claims data shared. Proposed rules published by… Continue Reading
If you are a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange (FFE), a “non-Exchange entity”, or a State Exchange, the answer is “Quick, report!” Those involved with the new health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”? The name, like the rules, seems to be a moving and elusive target) should make note that privacy and security incidents and breaches are… Continue Reading
While the undertakings of a Medicare ACO and the terminology in the Data Use Agreement for protection of patient data may differ from those of covered entities, business associates and subcontractors and their BAAs under the HIPAA/HITECH regulations, they have many striking similarities and purposes.
Make the lengthy wait for the long-awaited HIPAA/HITECH Mega Rule more enjoyable by participating in a contest to predict the date of its publication in the Federal Register and the number of its pages.
Two new provisions in the Stage 2 “meaningful use” criteria measure the meaningful use required for provider incentive payments based not simply on the providers’ use of EHR, but on their patients’ use of it.
If the PHI flowing through information superhighways and into and out of clouds and other data bases is adequately secured and the increased use and sophistication of health information technology results in improved quality and reduced cost, can anyone reasonably object to this race?